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A new primitive termite (Isoptera) from the Crato Formation, Araripe Basin, Early Cretaceous of South America

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Bezerra, Francisco Irineudo [1] ; DeSouza, Og [2] ; Ribeiro, Guilherme Cunha [3] ; Mendes, Marcio [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Fed Ceara, Dept Geol, Fortaleza, Ceara - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Vicosa, Dept Entomol, Vicosa, MG - Brazil
[3] Univ Fed ABC, Ctr Ciencias Nat & Humanas, Santo Andre, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Journal of South American Earth Sciences; v. 109, AUG 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Meiatermes cretacicus n. sp., an alate termite from the Early Cretaceous Crato Formation, Araripe Basin, northeastern Brazil. The new taxon is similar in many characteristics to other termites from the Araripe Basin, and primitive termites from Spanish amber. The rounded head and pronotum, Y-shaped line, veins Sc, R, Rs and M more heavily sclerotized than CuA, multiple Rs branches, and CuA well-developed are features shared with the basal-most termites belonging to the Meiatermes-grade. The Mesozoic record of the Araripe Basin includes six species of termites. Therefore, each discovery of a fossil termite is of high interest, giving new insight into their early evolutionary history and diversity during the Cretaceous of the South America. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 20/02844-5 - The paleoentomofauna of the Crato formation (Lower Cretaceous; Araripe Basin): systematics and paleoecology
Grantee:Guilherme Cunha Ribeiro
Support type: Regular Research Grants